Former Washington County Sheriff Clyde Melvin Cook passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, after a short illness at Glens Falls Hospital. Born Aug. 6, 1924, Clyde served the residents of Washington County for 38 years, including serving as Sheriff from 1973 to 1978. Clyde served as the executive director of the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. for more than 21 years (1980 to 2001) and the director to the Office for the Aging (1979 to 1980).

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in New London, Connecticut, Clyde served 27 months during World War II as an instructor of submarine operations in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He married Bernice T. Coryer on Nov. 30, 1943, just before he was deployed.

Our deepest condolences to Bernice, Clyde's wife of 72 years, their three children and five grandchildren. Please click here for more about Clyde's remarkable life.